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There are tests to detect some of the rare genetic flaws

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13. There are tests to detect some of the rare genetic flaws that increase the likelihood of certain diseases. If these tests are performed, then a person with a rare genetic flaw that is detected can receive the appropriate preventive treatment. Since it costs the health-care system less to prevent a disease than to treat it after it has occurred, widespread genetic screening will reduce the overall cost of health care.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

(A) The cost of treating patients who would. in the absence of screening, develop diseases that are linked to rare genetic flaws would be more than the combined costs of widespread screening and preventive treatment.

(B) Most diseases linked to rare genetic flaws are preventable.

(C) The resources allocated by hospitals to the treatment of persons with diseases linked to genetic flaws will increase once screening is widely available.

(D) Even if the genetic tests are performed, many people whose rare genetic flaws are detected will develop diseases linked to the flaws as a consequence of not receiving the appropriate preventive treatment.

(E) If preventive treatment is given to patients with rare genetic flaws, additional funds will be available for treating the more common diseases.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2004, 20:05
I believe it is B because if those diseases are not preventable in the first place, then prevention will be useless and no money saving can result
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2004, 20:38
After reading your explanation i feel the answer should be B.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2004, 21:47
Ok guys I will relieve your pain of waiting for the answer. You two have been good in critical reasoning.
The answer is A.

Here is my explaination -
Clearly it is between A and B. B says most diseases are preventable. This means if you negate it then there are few diseases that are preventable right ? It might still be worth it to prevent them provided the cost of preventaion + screening is not more than treating the disease. ( Again people who think this deserve to be in health insurene industry, gievn that they dont care about the pain and suffering of an individual )

A covers all the diseases.

I selected A on this logic.
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